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Four Shias killed in sectarian attack in Balochistan

April 09, 2012 21:18 IST

Four members of the minority Shia Hazara community were killed and two other injured in a sectarian attack in Pakistan's southwestern Quetta city on Monday, said the police.

Gunmen on two motorcycles fired indiscriminately at a group of Hazara men who were standing outside a shop at Prince Road in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, shortly after 7.30 pm.

Four men were killed instantly, witnesses and police officials said.

The two injured persons were taken to a nearby hospital in a serious condition.

The attackers fled before police cordoned off the area.

The shooting caused panic and shops closed down after the attack.

Angry members of the Hazara community gathered outside the hospital where the bodies and injured victims had been taken and demanded the arrest of the gunmen.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozens of members of the Hazara community have been killed in sectarian attacks in Quetta and nearby areas.

These attacks have been blamed by Shia groups on the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Rezaul H Laskar
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